Shakespeare snuggled up, warm and cosy, next to his brothers both softly snoring. He wriggled and squirmed and nuzzled his way in, right up to his mother and on her belly, rested his chin.
The door opened quickly and in came a fright, two bouncing children full of delight. They ran to the box and in their hands flew, snatching his brother and Shakespeare too. “We want this one and this one too, oh please mummy and daddy can we take two?”
“I’m sorry my dears, we can only take one, now put them down and make a choice.” The children frowned and pouted their lips, but mum stood strong with hands on her hips.
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Shakespeare looked at his brother with glee, for now he was awake and play could proceed. He lowered his front in a playful stance and wriggled his bottom to get a good prance. Charging forward he got a good aim, sending his brother flying and into a game. The children shrieked with laughter as they jumped and chased. Around and around there was no time to waste!
“We want this one, can we please?” The children did plea, “What is his name?” They asked with intrigue. “His name is Shakespeare and I think you’ll agree, it‘s a fitting name for a Great Dane indeed” said the lady who looked after his mother with such care. A lady Shakespeare loved with buckets to spare.
“He is my favourite, so look after him dears; treat him with love and kindness for all years.” She told the children, who nodded and swore, “We will, we will of course!”
“I love his black patches over his eyes.” The little girl said “He looks like a Panda, a perfect disguise!”
“And I love his black tail and patch on his bum,” The little boy said, “We’ll have such fun!”
Shakespeare was scared and ran back to his mother; she would miss him but knew the time had come. So she licked him and told him, “It’s time to go, you have a new family now with love to bestow.”
Shakespeare nodded and ran to the children who scooped him up into a comfy new bed. “Hello, Shakespeare!” The little boy said as he ruffled his ears and scratched his head.
“My name’s Peter and this is Kate. We will have lots of adventures and fun, I bet you can’t wait!”
And out of the house he was carried by Mum and a new adventure had begun…